Five Great Nature Hikes
Now that warm weather has finally arrived, it’s time to get outside and explore the serene open spaces around the Cape.
Since there are so many beautiful hiking trails right here in our backyard, we decided to revisit and refresh our list of favorite trails from a year ago to motivate you to get outside and get moving. This latest list is inspired by Lissy Perna, creator of the blog @getoutsidecapecod. These natural spaces change with the seasons, so be sure to visit all year long for a completely new and different experience. Happy exploring!
Crocker Neck Conservation Area, Cotuit
A wonderful trail with wide, well-kept paths on 97 acres of conservation land in Cotuit. You will pass by salt and freshwater marshes and walk through pine and oak forests. Your reward? A stunning view of Popponesset Bay. There is a small beach at the end of the trail where you can look for crabs, shells and plenty of other sea life and treasures! The lollipop-style trail (out and back, with a loop on the end) is about 1.5 miles. Dog friendly. Parking is at 765 Santuit Road, Cotuit, across from the boat landing.
Kent’s Point, Orleans
Dog-friendly trail goes out through the woods to Kent’s Point with views of Little Pleasant Bay and Frost Fish Cove. You can stay on the trails in the woods or choose to walk along the water’s edge. There are signs marking the trail (loop-style trail, about 1.5 mile long). Parking is located at the end of Frost Fish Lane in Orleans off Monument Road.
The Knob, Woods Hole
One of the most popular nature walks on Cape Cod. Spectacular views of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay make this a must-go destination. While walking through the wooded trails to get out to the Knob, you will hear waves crashing along the shore. This is a bird sanctuary, so be sure to bring your binoculars. It’s also the perfect spot to catch a spectacular sunset! (The trail is a loop-style and about a mile in length; dogs are allowed, but must be leashed). Parking available on Quissett Harbor Road; there are a few parking spaces close to the beach and the trailhead.
Pamet Cranberrry Bog Trail, Truro
Rolling hills, dunes, low scrub trails and Longnook Beach walk on Cape Cod National Seashore property offer some of the best vistas on Cape Cod. When you climb to the top of Bearberry Hill, you can see the ocean and hear waves for almost the entire hike (4 total miles, out and back). 111 North Pamet Road in Truro. Parking is available next to the big white building, a former Coast Guard station.
Sylvan Gardens, Chatham
A beautiful walk every season with beautiful blooms and foliage. Sylvan Gardens offers a variation of flowers, trees and plants to view throughout interconnecting trails. Dog friendly and stroller friendly. The trail is easy to navigate with trail signs and broad pathways (about 1 mile total). Parking is at 86 Old Main St.